General Medical Council

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes 1856-1992; index volumes 1858-1939

Administrative / Biographical History

Formed as a result of the 1858 Medical Act, the General Medical Council has 104 members elected from the medical profession and the public. The GMC has strong legal powers with which to protect the patient, and it is responsible to the Privy Council for establishing a register of qualified practitioners, defining their qualifications and appointing examiners.

Arrangement

Chronological within record series

Conditions Governing Access

Public access to these records is governed by the UK Data Protection Act 1998, the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and the latest version of the Scottish Government Records Management: NHS Code of Practice (Scotland). Whilst some records may be accessed freely by researchers, the aforementioned legislation and guidelines mean that records with sensitive information on named individuals may be closed to the public for a set time.

Where records are about named deceased adults, they will be open 75 years after the latest date in the record, on the next 01 January. Records about individuals below 18 years (living or deceased) or adults not proven to be deceased will be open 100 years after the latest date in the record, on the next 01 January. Further information on legislation and guidelines covering medical records can be found on the LHSA webpage (http://www.lhsa.lib.ed.ac.uk/).

LHSA can support the use of records closed to public access for legitimate clinical, historical and genealogical research purposes. Please contact the LHSA Archivist for more details regarding procedures on how you can apply for permission to view closed records. Telephone us on: 0131 650 3392 or email us at lhsa@ed.ac.uk

Acquisition Information

Originally accessioned pre-1980, no details available

Note

Compiled by Mike Barfoot and Jenny McDermott using existing handlists

Other Finding Aids

Manual item-level descriptive list available

Custodial History

Unknown

Accruals

Further accessions are expected

Geographical Names